Height and Longevity in a Long-Living Population
Michel Poulain, TLU
Anne Herm, TLU
Dany Chambre, Independant researcher
- Lanari et al. (2011) show that both very short and very tall conscripts were in worse health at military medical examination. That might result in a shorter longevity for both groups.
- Another explanation might be linked to a selection process. The short conscripts face higher mortality risks between 50 and 80 and accordingly those who survive at 80 might reach more easily oldest ages.
- A last explanation is proposed by Samaras (2013) when he explains that we have a limited number of cell replications during our life-time. Taller people have more replications during their lives because they need to maintain a taller and larger body. This may explain why they may have fewer cell replications remaining in old age to do it. He mentioned that Maier found that shorter nonagerians have longer telomeres than taller ones, a biomarker linked to longevity.
Presented in Session 1234: Posters